Thoughts from the Alamo Chapter President
16 October 2014
The October 2014 AUSA Annual Conference just concluded and a few thoughts occur to me that may be of interest to some AUSA Alamo Chapter members:
- Our Army leadership is very busy balancing competing demands, from multiple overseas deployments on smaller but highly important training, presence, and humanitarian missions worldwide to re-setting heavily-used equipment and ramping up Army professional development initiatives across all 3 components -- all under extremely austere budget conditions. The #1 word to the Chapter is -- make your voice heard, especially now. Use the www.ausa.org web site (click on the CONTACT CONGRESS icon) to communicate with your elected federal officials. I just did it now -- it takes about 4-5 minutes. Pick your topic to sound off on, but I suggest you click on STOP SEQUESTRATION PERMANENTLY. These last few months of 2014 before the next Congressional session begins in January 2015 is a time when your federal elected officials tend to listen most attentively to groundswell opinion expressed through advocacy organizations, like AUSA. Your voice matters -- please take the small but important step to communicate with Congress right now.
- Army missions are likely to grow in complexity, frequency, and become even higher risk. All the best preparations and precautions are being taken within the Army to safeguard our troops for their missions. A critical message to Army supporters like us who are not in uniform -- We must speak up for our soldiers and their families who are usually too busy making ends meet to organize their own voices. And, we should look for ways to help in small but meaningful ways like contributing to scholarship funds that military kids and spouses can compete for and volunteering to help and participate at Fort Sam Houston events, Army Reserve Center family days, and at seasonal celebrations held at Texas National Guard armories. Show up, lend a hand, let the troops and their families bend your ear. Then help be their voice where they cannot be heard but you can.
For the Nation's defense: Standing by our Army,
Chuck Rodriguez, MG (USA, Ret)
AUSA Alamo Chapter President
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